If you are wondering what to see in Dublin in three days, or in four , we have prepared a small-great guide with our suggestions for a weekend itinerary (or long weekend) and some more information.

We always say that we love traveling to Ireland for its landscapes and its nature. But Ireland is also its cities, and above all its capital: Dublin . Many young, smiling people, proud of their country but open to the world, the atmosphere of the pubs , Irish music and all kinds of music that invades the street, history, culture… all this means that, even if there are no sheep grazing, Dublin deserves a visit. Also, there will be no sheep, but in one of its parks there are even deer! This is still Ireland.

Be sure to read our tips for traveling to Ireland before launching into the emerald isle. And, if you have more time to spend in the city, check it off our list of 60 things to do and see in Dublin .

Our weekend: what to see in Dublin in 3 days

First warning: our weekend route in Dublin is quite intense, as usual for us. If you want to have time to rest a little, you probably have to do without something.

Depending on how many places you want to enter, it may be worth your while to get The Dublin Pass , which gives free entry to attractions such as the Guinness Storehouse, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin Castle, etc. Here you can get one of them.

Dublin in 3 days: the first day

Trinity College: the first thing you have to see in Dublin

If you only had to go into one place in Dublin it would have to be Trinity College . The most prestigious university in the country, with its 16 hectares of gardens, cobbled patios and neoclassical buildings, is a must-see. Its most precious treasures are inside one of these buildings. In particular, in the one that houses the Old Library , the old library of the university, with more than 200,000 volumes of incalculable value. Just to admire a few pages of the Book of Kells with its miniatures and meet the 65 m Long Room is worth traveling to Dublin. We tell you how our visit was and what you will find in The visit to Trinity College in Dublin and its amazing library .

The Archaeological Museum and/or the National Gallery

Among all the museums we visited in Dublin, our favorite was the archaeological museum: the National Museum of Ireland – Archeology . Here, in the ‘Treasury’, Ireland’s most famous archaeological gems are preserved, such as the Tara Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice . One of our must-see Dublin museums .

If you are passionate about painting, you can also visit the National Gallery , where there are everything from Irish painting to a Caravaggio and interesting temporary exhibitions.

If your first day is a Thursday, as in our case, the museum opens until 8:00 p.m., if not, you will have to choose between this and the archaeological one. We would choose the archaeological.

The Oscar Wilde statue in Merrion Square

Very close to the two museums is Merrion Square , one of the city’s pretty Georgian squares. In a corner of the large garden that occupies its central part, there is a sculpture dedicated to one of the most famous Irish writers of all time: Oscar Wilde . He is represented lying down and with a mischievous look, as he could not be otherwise.

Did you know…?

Depending on which side you are looking at the statue from, Oscar Wilde will either be serious or he will smile at you.

Grafton Street and its buskers

Grafton Street is one of the best known and most commercial streets in the center of Dublin. You can stop for a while to listen to the street musicians who usually “occupy” it: the so-called buskers .

At the statue of Molly Malone

Returning along Grafton Street , we come to what is perhaps the most famous statue in Dublin: that of Molly Malone.

It is not clear if this 17th-century Dublin fishwife actually existed, but the song that was composed in her honor in the 19th century has become the unofficial anthem of Dublin and all of Ireland . If you haven’t already, you have to listen to the song Molly Malone. Yes, the one that begins with ” In Dublin’s fair city” and in which Molly, while pulling her cart, shouts ” Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh!” “Live cockles and mussels!”

Did you know…?

Dubliners affectionately call this statue The tart with the cart . And it is that Molly Malone was supposedly a fishmonger by day and a prostitute by night, hence her generous neckline…

O’Connell Street and The Spire

Crossing the river Liffey by O’Connell bridge and after “greeting” the statue dedicated to the Irish liberator, we arrive at the street that takes his name, another of the most commercial in the city.

There what stands out the most is the Monument of Light -monument of light-, much better known as The Spire -the needle-. It is a very tall stainless steel sculpture in the shape of a cone, with more than three meters at the base and about 15 centimeters at the tip. At 119 meters tall, The Spire is considered the world’s tallest sculpture .

It was built between 2002 and 2003 on the site of a column dedicated to British Admiral Nelson destroyed by an IRA bomb in 1966. Interestingly, the studio that designed The Spire is British.

Dublin’s most famous bridge: the Ha’penny Bridge

The Ha’penny Bridge , an elegant cast-iron footbridge from the early 19th century, is one of Dublin’s icons. It is known as the “Halfpenny Bridge” because that was the toll charged to cross it when it was built. The toll went up to a penny, which was collected until 1919.

Did you know…?

The Ha’penny Bridge hardly underwent any changes until 2001, when it underwent a much-criticized renovation carried out by the Belfast company Harland and Wolff. Yes, the one from the Titanic!

The Temple Bar… if you have energy left

Crossing the Ha’penny Bridge you arrive at Temple Bar, the most famous pub area in Dublin , and maybe in the whole world. The pubs here are quite touristy, but it is nonetheless a must stop. How many people! If you want to know the best pubs in Temple Bar and soak up their stories and legends , you can take a night tour of this area, here you have more details about prices and characteristics.

Dublin in 3 days: the second day

St Patrick’s Cathedral and Marsh’s Library

Saint Patrick ‘s Cathedral , the largest church in Ireland, is another of those places that you have to see in Dublin out of necessity. The tomb of Jonathan Swift -dean of the cathedral in the 18th century- inside or the well of Saint Patrick -where he would have baptized the Celtic leaders- in the garden are two of the many reasons to visit it. On its official website you have prices and visiting hours. If you want to know more about her, check out Dublin Cathedrals: St Patrick’s and Christ Church .

Next to St. Patrick’s is one of the most beautiful and least known corners of Dublin: the Marsh’s Library . A library with three centuries of history and that has remained almost intact, with its 25,000 volumes and its oak shelves. We had it written down before the trip but we got confused, don’t let the same happen to you!

At the cathedral of Christ Church and its crypt

After St. Patrick’s, Dublin’s other cathedral: Christ Church . In addition to strolling through its majestic naves, it is worth going down to its huge crypt, part of the original Viking church. A curiosity: in the crypt you will find a mummified cat and rat, called “Tom and Jerry”. They got stuck in an organ pipe in the 1800s and were preserved just as well. On its official website you have prices and visiting hours. As with Saint Patrick, you have more details in Dublin Cathedrals: Saint Patrick and Christ Church .

Did you know…?

In Dublin there are two cathedrals: Saint Patrick’s and Christ Church , both belonging to the Anglican Church of Ireland. The former is considered the “national cathedral” of Ireland, but it has no bishop. The historic seat of the Archbishopric of Dublin is Christ Church.

Catholics, the majority in Ireland, do not have a cathedral in Dublin, as Christ Church has had that title in the city since the Middle Ages, before the separation of the two confessions. The main Catholic church and seat of the Archdiocese of Dublin is St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral.

The St. Audoen Church of Ireland and the Dublin Wall

Dublin’s only active medieval church is St. Audoen Church of Ireland , another Anglican church – not to be confused with the 19th-century Catholic St. Audoen’s Church right next door. The visit is interesting, but it is the most expendable of the three churches, and the only one that does not have entry included in The Dublin Pass .

Behind St. Audoen ‘s you can see a piece of Dublin’s medieval wall with one of its gates.

El Temple Bar Food Market o el St George’s Arcade Market

After so many churches, it’s time for a culinary break. If it’s Saturday, it could be at the nearby Temple Bar Food Market – from 10 am to 5 pm. It is a small market of local producers and street food. If you’re looking for another weekday market, there’s George’s St. Arcade Market . Although in reality it is more of a shopping center with all kinds of shops, and also a “food court” .

Dublin Castle and/or Chester Beatty Library

Dublin Castle is not a must see in the Irish capital, but we also found it interesting. The remains of the old medieval Viking fortress , the great chapel and the lavish State Apartments are well worth your time. Here you have their official website with information about the visit.

Within the castle grounds, but with a separate entrance, is one of the most curious and interesting places you can visit in Dublin, which is also free . This is the Chester Beatty Library , a world-famous library that houses the collection of books that mining engineer Sir Alfred Chester Beatty collected over six decades and donated to the Irish state on his death. More than 20,000 manuscripts, books, miniature paintings and other objects linked mainly to the different religions of the world . You will be amazed by the illustrated manuscripts, Japanese samurai armor, 9th century Korans, Egyptian papyri, Tibetan illustrations… There are guided tours, also free.

The Jameson Distillery : yes or no?

After crossing the River Liffey and passing in front of the imposing Four Courts Georgian courthouse , we arrived at the Smithfield neighbourhood. There, in addition to Smithfield Plaza , with its contemporary architecture and bars, the “big attraction” is the Jameson Distillery , the visit to the Jameson whiskey distillery.

It is true that the visit is included in The Dublin Pass so, if you have it, it does not cost you anything to enter – if not, it is €20. But, even so, we believe that it is not worth visiting. It’s okay that we don’t drink, but the explanation is very short, you don’t see anything about the production process and you don’t learn almost anything during the tasting. It was the only disappointment of our stay in Dublin

The Phoenix Park : the largest urban park in Europe

The largest urban park in Europe had to be on the emerald isle: green is not only the prerogative of the Irish countryside but also of its largest city. In Phoenix Park there are even deer . To see them you have to go to the Papal Cross area . If you do not have time, this visit is expendable.

Irish pub music in a Dublin pub

It’s time to rest… or to go to a pub to listen to live Irish music. Maybe one outside Temple Bar, for example at The Cobblestone , near Jameson’s. Other pubs that have live Irish music every night are Piper’s Corner, Hughes, O’Donoghue’s and The Celt. The Palace Bar only on Thursdays and Bowes on Saturdays. On the map of Dublin that we have put below they are all.

Dublin in 3 days: the third day

El parque St. Stephen’s Green

St. Stephen’s Green, at the end of Grafton Street, is one of Dublin’s prettiest parks with its lake and bucolic look. Although in the past it was one of the best-known scenes of the Easter uprising – there are posters that remind it all over the park.

Did you know…?

The park was private until, in the 19th century, it was opened to the public thanks to the Guinness family who reformed it.

A prison that is part of Irish history: Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol , apart from being a beautiful Victorian building, has witnessed some of the most significant episodes in the history of modern Ireland. This is where the British imprisoned and executed many of the political prisoners responsible for the rebellions that would lead to the country’s independence.

We tell you all the details of the visit, it can only be done with a guided tour and it is advisable to book in advance, in our article Kilmainham Gaol, the most famous prison in Dublin .

Visiting the Guinness Storehouse

If the visit to Jameson’s disappointed us, we loved the visit to the Guinness Storehouse , and we don’t like beer either.

In its seven floors, we did discover more about the manufacturing process, about its ingredients, about the history of the company and its advertising… we even learned to throw beer and we marveled at the views from the Gravity Bar, although the rainy day was not helped. This was our visit to the Guinness factory in Dublin .

If you have one more day: places to see in Dublin in 4 days

If you have one more day, we recommend two slightly less well-trodden visits: the excursion to the nearby town of Howth and the Docklands area with the EPIC Museum. As they take a little more time, we advise you to do these visits on the second or third day of the trip , which are full, and continue leaving St. Stephen’s Park, Kilmainham jail and the Guinness Storehouse for the last day.

The Howth Excursion

About 18 kilometers from the capital and less than an hour by bus or suburban train -the DART-, is the fishing village of Howth. Dizzying cliffs, a castle, the typical greenery of the emerald island … everything you are looking for in Ireland is in Howth . If you want to know more about how our getaway was, we will tell you what to see in Howth: the most emerald Ireland two steps from Dublin . You can go by public transport or hire a tour , here you can see prices and schedules.

Oh, and the food is very good and cheaper than in Dublin: we recommend you stop at the Abbey Tavern restaurant and order seafood –Howth is famous for its oysters– and a fish pie .

If you’re looking for other excursions, check out our Best Excursions from Dublin: Around the Cliffs of Moher article , although some require more time than you’ll have in four days in Ireland’s capital.

The EPIC Museum and the Docklands

EPIC is one of Dublin ‘s newest and most interactive museums . Its theme is Irish emigration and, in a very visual way, the legacy that the country has left throughout the world is known. After all, there are more people with Irish blood outside of Ireland than in the country. A very interesting visit, also included in The Dublin Pass, here is their website.

The neighborhood in which the museum is located, the Docklands , is also very worthwhile. From the Custom House , to the Jeanie Johnston Tallship , passing through the Famine Memorial –the memorial dedicated to the victims of the Great Famine– or the mural with 60 people on a real scale.

It is also worth crossing the Samuel Beckett Bridge to get to Grand Canal Square . There stand the contemporary buildings of the Bord Gais Energy Theater and The Marker Hotel Dublin .

Following the canal, on sunny days, you will find a very lively atmosphere on the terraces of pubs like The Barge with lots of people looking out over the canal.

All you have to see in Dublin on a map

Here you have all the places of interest to see in Dublin that we have talked about on a map and separated by day, to help you plan your trip.

Hotels in Dublin: where to sleep

Accommodation in Dublin is not cheap . If you are looking for a centrally located hotel from three stars in high season and do not book in advance, you can easily spend €200 a double room per night. So, before buying the flights for your trip –which is easy to get cheap– we advise you to take a look at the prices of accommodation on those days –here you can do it- . If it is high season, especially on weekends, look at it well in advance.

We stayed at the Central Hotel . The staff is friendly and the position is unbeatable. The price is not cheap either –you can check it here– , but similar, even somewhat lower, to others in the area . The 3 star hotel was long overdue for a higher standard and could use some updating, but the rooms are still quite comfortable and clean. Of course, it is a bit noisy, since the center is full of bars. We had to ask to change our room to one that did not face the noisiest street.

Restaurants in Dublin: where to eat

Another thing that is not cheap in Dublin is eating . In good restaurants, without going to haute cuisine, the main courses cost around 25-30 euros, which gives an idea of ​​the final bill.

Two good Irish restaurants had been recommended to us: The Pig’s Ear and The Winding Stair . We found a place in the latter and we liked it a lot. The black angus ribeye , the blackstairs lamb simmered, the irish cheeses, the bread & butter pudding with whiskey sauce … all delicious! Of course, there was also a lot of noise here. We don’t drink wine and between the two of us, with a dish and a dessert, we spend €75. By the way, don’t forget to book : everything in Dublin fills up at night.

Another somewhat cheaper option is to eat in pubs and, if not, there is always fast food. Some of the “classics” in the city in this sense are Leo Burdock’s fish & chips and Elephant & Castle ‘s chicken wings .

Cheap flights to Dublin from Madrid and other places in Spain

There are many flights from Spain to Dublin , and many of them low cost , after all Ryanair is Irish. We went with them from Madrid and, if you buy in time, there are very good offers. Here you can see the prices of flights from Spain to Dublin with different companies.

How to get from the airport to Dublin city center

There are many buses that take you from the airport to the center of Dublin in less than an hour . In Google Maps you can check the schedules when you arrive. If you want to go more comfortably or you arrive at a time when there are fewer buses but you don’t want to take a taxi, you can hire a transfer to your hotel, here you can check the prices .

Three or four intense days in Dublin … get ready to enjoy them to the fullest!

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